Author Archives: Jenny Ruth Yasi

About Jenny Ruth Yasi

author, sailor, animal trainer,rally, agility and freestyle competitor, owner/proprietor Whole Dog Camp, now located in Freeport, Maine. For 31 years we lived on Peaks Island Maine. Now we are sailing with our 2 dogs in the Bahamas, and will return to Maine in 2017

Alpha, omega, or neither?

I was going to try to trick you and ask you to guess which dog is the “alpha” dog. Tigerlily is 12, a curly barbet, and Bee is a 7 year old mixed breed. Both are spayed females. And the … Continue reading


Tether training by Jenny Ruth Yasi

Teaching your dog to relax on leash, play nicely with other dogs,  settle in one place, relax around distractions, begins with tether training. These simple training principles apply not only to tether training, but also to training any cue. Start … Continue reading

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I’ll (try to) be there for you

The weather was not perfectly still. A big Northwest gale had  passed, still the ocean surface scalloped energetically. The tide was going out. Albert found an island, Gumelemi Cay, that looked like it could have great snorkeling.  We inched off … Continue reading

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For What It’s Worth

Now that Albert is retired he’s able to join me at these little school gigs  with the dogs. Last week I did a short unit on “incremental problem solving” with the help of Albert and Tigerlily, and ever since we’ve … Continue reading

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A poop talk

People don’t always like to talk about poop. But it’s not a great idea to overlook it, either. Continue reading

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Bite Me!

In another post I wrote about my fears of Zika, dengue and chikungunya, and how I planned to protect myself from mosquitos. But  we have seen exactly one mosquito since we arrived in the Bahamas and we killed it! (You’re … Continue reading

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Vixen and Vino

“So what sort of accent is that?” For the record, I don’t have an accent, you have an accent. But people have asked about my accent all my life. When I was little I explained it saying, “My Italian Grandfather … Continue reading

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A few things you should bring aboard that you might not think of…

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Intimate Strangers

When a small group of traveling women gathered the other day to make yogurt, we wound up talking about passion, marriage, our crazy womens’  bodies, and sex. It was a really fun, amazingly intimate and empowering exchange. We shared all … Continue reading

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Christmas in the Bahamas

When we were first contemplating a long term sailing adventure, I whined that I did not want my life to be about sharing sundowners with strangers. Community is important to me. How can anyone cultivate community while traveling? Albert insisted, … Continue reading

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